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Former Eagles GM Joe Banner: It’s still too early to put anyone on the hot seat — even Howie Roseman - Inquirer
I’ve been asked recently if I think it’s likely that there’s a change at Howie’s position at the end of the season. If you ask me that today, I don’t think that’s likely to happen. I think Jeff [Lurie] has a lot of faith in Howie. The debate about whether that’s legitimate or deserved, I understand and see both sides of it, but he has faith in him. They have a trusting, very highly respectful relationship and it isn’t like they haven’t had success. The faith one would have that they could replicate it, since they’ve already proven they can do it, isn’t crazy, either. Even if you feel like there have been too many mistakes recently. I continue to believe that Howie has some security in the immediate future. I think he’d tell you himself that his performance, some things he’s really proud of and others that, if he had to do over again, he’d do differently. Frankly, that’s no different than most GMs. I think they believed the team would be better this year than it is. I don’t think they thought it would be some great season, but I think they thought it would be better. Actions speak louder than words, and the fact that they kept players like Zach Ertz at the beginning of the season tells you that. Hopefully they’re in a different place now and they realize that the climb up the mountain may be a little bit steeper and longer than they’ve been thinking.
Eagles announce 4 roster moves ahead of Lions game - BGN
The Eagles were always likely to elevate Howard with Sanders going down. They needed a third running back on the roster to go with Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott. It remains to be seen just how heavily they’ll rely on Howard but the thinking here is he’ll see a number of carries. Gainwell and Scott aren’t volume runners the way that Howard can be.
Eye On The Enemy #71: Eagles-Lions preview with Jeremy Reisman - BGN Radio
John Stolnis and Jeremy Reisman of Pride of Detroit preview the Eagles-Lions game on Sunday and discuss the key matchups to watch.
What happens to Hurts when Eagles run the ball in Roob’s observations - NBCSP
10. Over the last five games, the Eagles have scored 13 offensive touchdowns. Seven of those 13 have come in the fourth quarter, five of them with the Eagles trailing by at least two touchdowns (27, 23, 19, 19, 14).
NFL picks and best bets for Week 8: Will Cowboys stay hot in Minnesota? - ESPN+
Fortenbaugh: Detroit has a bevy of problems that need correction before this organization is ready to compete on a consistent basis, but there is no way the Eagles should by laying 3.5 points on the road given their performance this season. Philadelphia enters Week 8 ranked 18th in scoring offense, 24th in scoring defense and 27th in red zone defense. Slow starts doomed the Eagles in each of the last two weeks against Tampa Bay and Las Vegas, and a failure to break quickly from the gate Sunday is only going to breathe life into a winless Lions squad that — say what you will — shows up to compete each and every week under head coach Dan Campbell. Don’t be surprised if Detroit wins this game outright. Pick: Lions +3.5.
NFL insider Week 8 picks: Patriots knock off Chargers, Lions down Eagles for first win of season - CBS Sports
How can you trust the Eagles’ defense right now? Fingers are being pointed in every which way and head coach Nick Sirianni has been desperate as a first-year coach to show that the buck stops with him. The Lions have been close in a majority of their games, and I think they finally leave the bottom of the NFL rankings with an upset win. The pick: Lions.
NFL DFS: Best Stacks for DraftKings Week 8 Main Slate - Fake Teams
PHI: Jalen Hurts ($7,200), Kenneth Gainwell ($5,000), DeVonta Smith ($5,500), Dallas Goedert ($4,700), Jalen Reagor ($4,100). With Mahomes laying an egg in Week 7, Jalen Hurts is now the lone remaining quarterback in the NFL that has scored 20+ points on DraftKings in each week thus far. Even though Hurts hasn’t looked like a franchise quarterback in real life, he provides us one of the safest floors with his rushing production. And with the Philadelphia Eagles being heavy favorites against the Detroit Lions, we could get a ceiling week from Hurts. Kenneth Gainwell is listed here because I believe he’s an easy choice on DraftKings at $5,000 due to Miles Sanders being sidelined and he’s a superior receiver than his backfield mate. DeVonta Smith could also have one of the best games of his rookie season at only $5,500. Dallas Goedert will continue to see a firm share of targets with Zach Ertz gone and Jalen Reagor is a high-risk, high-reward option if he’s able to connect on a couple of deep plays with Hurts.
Lions activate Da’Shawn Hand from IR, elevate Brock Wright, Jalen Elliott - Pride Of Detroit
Hand, the Lions’ 2018 third-round pick, has struggled with injuries his entire career but has shown promise when in the game. It’ll be interesting to see how he fits in the Lions’ rotation on the defensive line, with Nick Williams and rookie Levi Onwuzurike garnering most of the snaps at Hand’s position.
Dak Prescott’s status for Sunday is the subject of conflicting reports on Saturday - Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys are back from their bye this week and preparing for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night. While the Vikings have been the focus of the team’s coaching staff this week, just about every Cowboys fan has spent time this week wondering, speculating, and debating whether or not they think quarterback Dak Prescott (who suffered a calf strain against the New England Patriots two weeks ago) will play. The exact status of Prescott remains in doubt and Saturday brought a report that this will be a true “game-time” decision, but consider that reports/speculations swirled in a number of different ways all throughout gameday eve.
Giants vs. Chiefs injury news: Kadarius Toney questionable; Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay out - Big Blue View
Running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and wide receiver Kenny Golladay knee will miss their third consecutive games for the New York Giants this week. Both have been ruled out of Monday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney (ankle) is questionable. The Giants will also be without starting edge defender Lorenzo Carter (ankle), and key special teams players Carter Coughlin and Nate Ebner, both of whom also have ankle injuries.
Washington Injury Updates: Saahdiq Charles expected to start at RT, Cornelius Lucas out - Hogs Haven
Second-year offensive lineman Saahdiq Charles is expected to get the start with both Cosmi and Lucas out. He has been training at both guard an tackle, and served as the team’s swing tackle the last few weeks. This will be his 2nd start in the NFL. He started one game at guard as a rookie, but left the game after two snaps due to a dislocated kneecap that required surgery.
6 burning questions entering Week 8 of the NFL - SB Nation
Can the Lions win a game? The 0-7 Lions face the 2-5 Eagles this week in what might be one of Detroit’s best chances to get a win this season. As weird as it sounds, I really don’t think the Lions are close to being the worst team in the NFL — regardless of what their record shows. This team has had a brutal schedule to start the season, and still managed to have one-score games with the 49ers, Ravens and Vikings, while only losing to the Rams by 9. That’s cold comfort for fans, I know, but I do think this team is headed in the right direction. I want to see how the team progresses and whether they can handle the adversity of such a poor start. I have some faith that when they turn the corner on this the Lions can become a good team and compete, just not in 2021.
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